Weekly Updates

Week 16: October 17 – 23, 2016

On 19 October 2016, BBM’s legal team went to the briefing at the poll body’s warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to discuss the protocol to be observed for the release of 1,356 VCMs which were supposedly not used during the last May elections.

Representatives of BBM manifested their objections to the planned release of the subject VCMs on the ground that doing so would be violative of the 12 July 2016 PPO issued by PET to preserve all election materials and equipment used in the May elections. Despite the objections posed, Atty. Jose M. Tolentino ruled that the poll body will proceed with the release of the subject VCMs on 26 October 2016.

On 21 October 2016, BBM filed an Urgent Manifestation and Motion asking the PET to prohibit the poll body from releasing the subject VCMs on 26 October 2016. He also asked the PET to direct the technical examination of the subject VCMs to finally determine whether these were not used during the last May elections.

(click here to see the receiving copy of BBM’s Urgent Manifestation and Motion)

On 21 October 2016, Atty. Jose M. Tolentino wrote a letter to BBM’s lead counsel Atty. George Garcia informing him that the poll body will proceed with the 26 October 2016 release of the 1,356 VCMs.

(click here to see the letter of Atty. Tolentino to Atty. George Garcia)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Related Articles:

The Standard | Stop VCM release, Marcos asks tribunal
Manila Times | Stop vote counters’ return to Smartmatic – Marcos
Manila Bulletin | Marcos to file petition opposing return of counting machines
GMA News Online | Bongbong Marcos to ask SC to stop Comelec from releasing ‘unused’ VCMs to Smartmatic

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